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Thursday, December 21, 2006 9:57 am
Merry Christmas to Me
Posted by: Keir Graff

Here’s a holiday story that’s sure to give you the warm fuzzies. In New York City, the CEO of a media company spent more than a quarter of a million dollars on an original, handwritten copy of Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” and then–in an act of wonderful Christmas cheer–read it aloud to a group of underprivileged family membersĀ and business associates in his luxurious Manhattan apartment.

The Associated Press story quotes the auctioneer who sold the poem to the CEO (and then hand-delivered it to the party) as saying the guests “couldn’t believe it.”

I’m sure they couldn’t.

Actually, call me a grinch, but I take some comfort in the fact that the poem with which this jolly gentleman gifted himself was probably plagiarized by Moore, a wealthy Manhattanite himself.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

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